The '''Bene Tleilax''' or '''Tleilaxu'''
are an extremely xenophobia|xenophobic
society in Frank Herbert
's science fiction Dune (franchise)|''Dune'' universe
manipulators who traffic in biological products such as artificial eyes, ghola
s, and "twisted" Mentat
s, the Tleilaxu are a major power in the Imperium. The race is ruled by a small council of Tleilaxu Masters, whose genetically-engineered Face Dancer
servants have the ability to mimic any human. The Masters themselves possess a bland and diminutive appearance intended to compel other races to underestimate them. In ''Heretics of Dune
'' (1984) it is revealed that they are a secret totalitarianism|totalitarian theocracy
ultimately seeking domination of the known universe. Despite their influence, the Bene Tleilax are universally distrusted and inspire disgust because...